Carrying Each Other
November 24, 2021
I'm going to make a big claim here.
If you haven't seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies or read any of the books, then I think you're missing out on one of the greatest characters ever created: Samwise Gamgee. Now Samwise (or Sam, as he's often called) is the best friend/gardener/travel companion to Frodo Baggins who bears the burden of transporting a dangerously powerful ring over 1300 miles away from their home. Although I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, there's a scene in the last movie that I've been thinking about a lot lately.
Right as they're climbing up a mountain to destroy the ring, Frodo falls to the ground and tells Sam that he can't go on any further. Sam, who has tried but can't carry the ring for his friend, looks down at Frodo and says, "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!"
What a line!
The Thanksgiving service this past week was a wonderful time for the church to come together and share things that gave them hope. Some of the things that were shared involved different kinds of struggles, some known and others not.
While all of us have struggles, we handle it in different ways. For some people, their problems can't be carried by anyone other than them, but that doesn't mean we can't still help. Carrying someone in and through their burdens may look like talking or having a meal with them but it also can look like sitting in silence with someone just so they know they're not alone.
Psalm 3418 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.